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‘Addams Family’ tackles tough topics with humor

November 18, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

With so many different iterations of “The Addams Family” over the years, it’s no surprise that the Theatre Department was excited about making it the third play of the season. But the excitement extends beyond the iconic characters taking the Ethington Theatre stage — it also will be GCU’s first musical since before the pandemic. “I think there is just so much joy that comes along with a musical, so I think it’s just really a great atmosphere to bring back to GCU,” said Christian Shepard, who plays Wednesday Addams’ fiancé.

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Guest residency artist brings together dance, faith

October 12, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Selecting Greta Sugai as this semester’s guest residency artist was a match made in heaven for Dance Director Bekki Price. GCU students worked with and learned from Sugai last week as she taught them the choreography for her piece in this winter’s “Emerge” Dance Concert. “With the guest artist residencies, I always like to add to what our program already has. Bringing in artists from all over the country who have worked all over the world and have different backgrounds and different experiences really helps open the students’ eyes up to the different possibilities that they have.” Price said.

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New dean brings diverse background to Fine Arts

September 29, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

When asked whether he would give up the church or give up Hollywood, Dr. Craig Detweiler replied with his 25-year career of combining the two. Now, the longtime educator is bringing his knowledge and skills into his new role as dean of the College of Fine Arts and Production. “I’m excited about GCU’s deep and abiding faith combined with the artistry and creativity of both the professors and students,” he said. “We can both enlighten and entertain at the same time.”

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Technical Director creating big goals, tiny house

September 20, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Carolyn “Carrie” Hurst is playing an important role in bringing theatre performances back inside Ethington Theatre, and she’s also undertaking an interesting personal project: She is creating a tiny house. The Technical Director and the Master Electrician has a background in scenic and lighting design and hopes to be an example to young girls in theatre. “That’s why I want to work for a university. I want to get younger students to realize, especially females, that this is a career path,” she said.

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Musical murder mystery set to mystify audiences

September 10, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

From murders to trap doors and secret passageways, there’s something for every mystery fan to enjoy this weekend as the theatre department returns to Ethington Theatre for its first play of the season, “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940.” “The thing to take away is that we wanted to have the most fun to welcome people back into the theatre,” director Michael Kary said.

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Student’s love of theatre fell right into his hands

August 27, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Dalton Smith spent three semesters trying to make his original major work for him — and his father. But halfway into his sophomore year, he found himself longing to go into theatre. Now, starting his junior year as a Theatre Ars and Drama major, Smith can be found in the College of Fine Arts and Production’s scene shop or onstage in Ethington Theatre’s production of “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940,” which debuts Friday, Sept. 3. “I chose theatre arts because it’s what I wanted to do and it was like ‘if I’m going to go for this acting thing, I might as well put all my cards on the tablet,’” he said.

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Theatre Education grads applying their GCU lessons

August 25, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Three recent Theatre Education graduates from the College of Fine Arts and Production — Katie Norton, Isabel Potter and Daniel Hernandez — have found that this is a great time to make their mark on the field by teaching in middle school or high school. All three are applying the student-focused emphasis they learned in COFAP. “My goal and the reason why I went into teaching theatre is to inspire the next generation to go big,” Hernandez said.

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Ethington season welcomes audiences back indoors

July 23, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

It’s a season of celebration as College of Fine Arts and Production performances make their grand return to Ethington Theatre. Audiences will be welcomed back with an array of musicals, comedies and dramas as well as the return of indoor dance concerts. “I think it’s going to be just a really enjoyable season,” COFAP Assistant Dean of Theatre and Dance William Symington said. “I can’t wait to get back in the theatre and feel that energy between the cast and the audience.”

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Fine Arts student likes sound of theatre festival job

June 21, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

What started as a leap of faith for junior theatre major Daniella Brown would turn into a job as an A2, or production audio technician, for this summer’s Williamstown Theatre Festival. After the internship program she applied for folded, Brown received the offer with the Massachusetts summer program. She’s working on nine shows celebrating black playwrights and actors of color until late July.

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Short film creates animation opportunities for alums

April 28, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Animation and visual effects instructor Richie Jimenez saw a need for more local opportunities for students to work in the animation field, so with the help of project partner Kevin Palmer, more opportunities were created. Through the creation of an animated short titled “Fishing for the Soul” the duo has hired on three GCU alumni to work on the project and hope to continue to raise funds via the project’s Kickstarter. “By including past students on the production team, Richie is showing first-hand how the skills learned in our Digital Design program can be put to work,” Digital Design Director Sheila Schumacher said. “As a mentor and leader for the students, he always looks for ways to challenge them to tell better stories and create engaging characters.”

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